Appalachian Trail: Max Patch Road to Hot Springs, NC

Enjoy panoramic Smokies views on blueberry- and rhododendron-lined trails on the way to French Broad River, where relaxing hot springs await.
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Enjoy panoramic Smokies views on blueberry- and rhododendron-lined trails on the way to French Broad River, where relaxing hot springs await.

Shelters: Roaring Fork Shelter: sleeps 8; privy. Walter Mountain Shelter: sleeps 6; privy. Deer Park Mountain Shelter: sleeps 5; privy

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 20.3

Waypoints

WPT068

Location: 35.8670654296875, -82.871696472168

Campsite (room for 2 tents)

WPT029

Location: 35.8364486694336, -82.9366989135742

Walnut Mountain Shelter; Walnut Mtn. Trail to the W; camping uphill

WPT055

Location: 35.8506660461426, -82.8844299316406

Old double track

WPT070

Location: 35.8721160888672, -82.867301940918

View Lamb Mtn. to SSE

WPT001

Location: 35.8759880065918, -82.8612747192383

Deer Park Shelter

WPT054

Location: 35.8508834838867, -82.8850631713867

Intersection with grassy road; campsite (room for 3 tents)

WPT028

Location: 35.8366317749023, -82.9374313354492

N end of field

WPT034

Location: 35.8362350463867, -82.9200973510742

Views to the E; cross jeep road

WPT066

Location: 35.8581657409668, -82.8691635131836

Taylor Hollow Gap

WPT063

Location: 35.854434967041, -82.8739318847656

Campsite (room for 1 tent)

WPT073

Location: 35.8756828308106, -82.8618011474609

Piped spring (may be dry)

WPT053

Location: 35.8495330810547, -82.8908309936524

Side trail leads W to campsite (room for 1 tent); great valley views; campsite

WPT047

Location: 35.8499488830566, -82.898681640625

AT turns W @ T. Blue-blazed trail to the E to spring

WPT033

Location: 35.8366508483887, -82.9205856323242

Catpen Gap; side trail to E to view field; campsite (room for 3 tents)

WPT024

Location: 35.8328666687012, -82.9372177124024

Stream crossing; campsite (room for 1 tent)

WPT039

Location: 35.8417167663574, -82.9062347412109

Side trail leads W to Flat Rock; no views

WPT042

Location: 35.8459663391113, -82.902702331543

Spring

WPT003

Location: 35.8766174316406, -82.8625030517578

Gragg Gap: Pass small cemetary with two gravesites for George Gragg and Eva Gragg

WPT032

Location: 35.8382148742676, -82.9269866943359

Kale Gap; side trail to the E leading to campsite (room for 3 tents)

WPT036

Location: 35.8394165039062, -82.9168472290039

Tiny stream crossing

WPT031

Location: 35.8370819091797, -82.9364700317383

Spring

WPT026

Location: 35.8335151672363, -82.9383850097656

Partial views of Max Patch Mtn. to the S

WPT005

Location: 35.884651184082, -82.8529510498047

Views to S of Spring Creek Valley

WPT049

Location: 35.8502655029297, -82.8989486694336

Rock cave

WPT057

Location: 35.851318359375, -82.8797836303711

Blue-blazed trail to the E

WPT038

Location: 35.8412322998047, -82.9068984985352

Bluff Mtn.; rocks

WPT027

Location: 35.836067199707, -82.9395523071289

S end of field

WPT025

Location: 35.8332672119141, -82.9372482299805

Small stream crossing

WPT059

Location: 35.8527679443359, -82.8769149780274

Old double track

WPT061

Location: 35.8534317016602, -82.8755187988281

Garenflo Gap; cross gravel road and parking

WPT046

Location: 35.8497657775879, -82.9004821777344

AT continues on middle path towards Deer Park Shelter; old jeep road; campsite (room for 2 tents)

WPT064

Location: 35.8564682006836, -82.8697204589844

3 log bridges

WPT045

Location: 35.8485832214356, -82.9007797241211

Tiny spring

WPT035

Location: 35.8390159606934, -82.9190139770508

Tiny spring; caution almost dry

WPT002

Location: 35.8762321472168, -82.8622665405274

Trail to shelter; blue-blazed trail leads to spring and campsite (room for 2 tents)

WPT030

Location: 35.8370018005371, -82.9370803833008

Walnut Mountain Trail (#135). Blue-blazed trail on R leads to water

WPT044

Location: 35.8486175537109, -82.9004516601562

Jeep road

WPT023

Location: 35.8320007324219, -82.9374160766602

Adjacent stream crossing

WPT043

Location: 35.8472328186035, -82.9012680053711

20 ft. double track to the W

WPT048

Location: 35.8498497009277, -82.8982849121094

Big Rock Spring

WPT004

Location: 35.8817329406738, -82.8593978881836

Deer Park Mtn.

WPT050

Location: 35.8523178100586, -82.8979187011719

Old jeep road

WPT052

Location: 35.8495674133301, -82.8910369873047

Tiny stream crossing

WPT041

Location: 35.8459663391113, -82.9022979736328

AT switchbacks to the E; blue-blazed trail S to spring

WPT056

Location: 35.851131439209, -82.8827514648438

Campsite (room for 1 tent)

WPT006

Location: 35.8892669677734, -82.8432846069336

Campsite (room for 2 tents)

WPT051

Location: 35.8532485961914, -82.8965835571289

Jeep road

WPT062

Location: 35.853816986084, -82.8753967285156

Powerline

WPT040

Location: 35.8456649780273, -82.9022827148438

Campsite (room for 2 tents)

WPT065

Location: 35.8567848205566, -82.8692855834961

Bridge

WPT037

Location: 35.8403511047363, -82.9122314453125

Campsite (room for 6 tents)

WPT067

Location: 35.8633155822754, -82.8719177246094

Views to the SW

ZZZ015

Location: 35.8251991271973, -82.937614440918

Lemon Gap; NC 1182; Max Patch Rd.; TN 107

ZZZ016

Location: 35.8895683288574, -82.8326187133789

Parking; kiosk

IMG_3722

Location: 35.8364677429199, -82.9365005493164

IMG_3842

Location: 35.8756828308106, -82.8618011474609

IMG_3813

Location: 35.857349395752, -82.8695526123047

IMG_3823

Location: 35.8638496398926, -82.8715972900391

IMG_3780

Location: 35.8510322570801, -82.9008483886719

IMG_3824

Location: 35.8638496398926, -82.8715972900391

IMG_3866

Location: 35.8773345947266, -82.8621673583984

IMG_3868

Location: 35.8773345947266, -82.8621673583984

IMG_3784

Location: 35.8503684997559, -82.8916320800781

IMG_3753

Location: 35.8411827087402, -82.9067153930664